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Lunch | Maine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company
Maine, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our “East Coast” version of a West Coast-style IPA. Intense hop flavors and aromas of tropical and citrus fruits and pine dominate. A subtle malt sweetness brings the beer into balance.

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 05/10/16

Pours a cloudy, hazy golden amber orange with a dense creamy off-white head that doesn't go away. Smells like nectarine, peach, caramelized apricot, spicy mango, papaya, sweet guava, mild passionfruit and pineapple, orange, grapefruit, slight caramel, with earthy grass and floral pine. Tastes like caramelized fresh apricots, peach, mango, nectarine, papaya, sweet guava, some orange, biscuity cracker, with floral pine and dank earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, soft and creamy with low carbonation. This one lives up to the hype for me. Overall a really great IPA.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big bubbly head stands on top of an extremely carbonated copper/orange body. These bubbles will not settle down. About two fingers of head. Nose is sweet bread and tropical fruits but with some pine as well. Light and balanced but the aromas still stand out. The flavor is completely different than I expected from the nose. Malts are sweet and roasted fruity like an imperial but on the light side. Hops are a mix of pineapple and spicy herbal. It finishes fruity and dry. The dryness is a mix of piney fruit and malt tartness. Creamy and fruity body with a bitter but thirst quenching finish. A large amount of head stuck around until I was finished.

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Photo of rjd722
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my Spiegelau IPA glass with a huge fluffy head that hung around for a few minutes. Great light-golden color with a robust citrus smell that became apparent immediately after the first pour. Perfect balance of tropical and piney hops with the ideal amount of bitterness that one would expect from an excellent IPA.

Lunch did not disappoint, I could drink this all day...maybe it's best I could only grab one!

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Photo of Kinsman
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11 days ago on 5/18/11

Hazy dark orange body with a massive fluffy, sticky, white head that leaves plenty of lace behind.

Wonderfully hoppy aromas, heavy on the grapefruit and lemon citrus notes and some piney resins to round this out. Little room is left for anything else to come through.

I'm finding the taste to have a lot of similarities to Peeper Ale but with less malt backbone and more bitterness. Similar citrus fruits provide a strong hop flavor but with the addition of some pine and grass notes that kick up the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a creamy medium body feel that seems a bit heavier than many other IPAs. Overall, Lunch is another top notch offering from Maine Beer Co. These guys really know how to use hops.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty ipa that manages to quell the bitter hopiness, leans more to the fruity side; for someone who isnt the biggest ipa fan; this is probably the best ive tried.....even better than heady.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden orange with tons of foamy white head. The nose is all hops, citrus, pine and tropical fruit. The flavor is very hop forward with citrus and pine but there is a malt presence to balance the flavor out. The feel is medium with a decent amount of carbonation. This is a great IPA and one I can understand people seeking out.

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Photo of Big_V
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 4/21/15. Lovely tropical notes. Nice yellowish orange color with medium carbonation. Hops with tropical flavors. So smooth and drinkable. I would drink this all day everyday.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle dated 2/18/14 into a pint glass.

Appearance: on the paler side of golden-yellow. Tons of bubble action, 1" foam head at doesn't seem to want to go away. Seriously intense head—I don't usually go in for hat feature, but bonus points just for execution.

Aroma: lots of spicy hop notes, with some faint earthiness, like damp rocks. Citrus/spice stings my nostrils if I inhale too deeply.

Taste: oh wow. Glorious! First sip just tastes like... good. There are individual favors there, but they just meld into a delicious whole. Definitely lots of citrus—pineapple, maybe some lime, grapefruit—along with a perfect amount of malt. Not really getting any of the earthiness I picked up in the nose, though if someone said they got some hay/barnyard character, I wouldn't disagree. Bitterness is really dialed in as well—fans of pure hops might find this too tame, but it's incredibly enjoyable to drink.

Feel: really creamy. Maybe I'm just being thrown by the head, but thus almost feels like nitro. Contributes perfectly to the quaffability of this brew.

Overall: I went into this with suppressed expectations; I've been trying some East Coast IPAs over the past few days, and generally not loving them. But this knocks it out of the park—might be my favorite all time single IPA.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright orange/yellow with a slight greenish hue and a big white head that hangs around till the end and leaves lots of lace.

Smells of fresh grain, bright yeast, orange, lemon, mango, grapefruit and floral notes.

Taste is lively and moving with a wonderful mouthfeel as flavor keeps popping all around. Bitter and sweet orange, lemon bite, fleshy grapefruit, mango, and a slight grain malt backbone that is barely there. A very nice IPA.

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Photo of gr0g
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Golden-amber in color with a slight haziness. Gorgeous, fluffy head that lasts for ages. Very nice lace formation. Exceedingly fresh-smelling, both pungent and floral. The scales are tipped toward more of an "old school" C-hop grapefruit and pine character, but there are noticeable undertones of "new school" tropical fruit notes. Checking the hop bill, Simcoe is in there, which explains the mango and passion fruit that I'm getting.

Comparing the flavor to the APAs I've had from Maine, Peeper and MO, the malt backbone is sturdier, lending the flash of malty sweetness one expects in an AIPA. A wave of hop bitterness quickly takes over, and the finish is dry and clean. Just very bright, floral, fruity overall. A little bit resiny and dank but bright and citrusy at the same time. All of these flavor components come together harmoniously. Bottle conditioned, as all Maine Beer Company's brews seem to be. They know what they're doing, too, as the carbonation is vigorous and yet exceedingly light and soft. Add in tons of hop oils and you've got a near-perfect texture.

Lurking the forums, I have seen a fair amount of love for Lunch, and it's absolutely well-deserved. This is an elite IPA - a must try for hopheads.

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Photo of MCain04
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of BostonRyan, much appreciated. Bottled 3/26/13, drank about 3 weeks fresh. Poured into a HF glass.

A: Opaque orange amber color with a nice 2+ finger head of great retention and lacing.

S: Great citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, a little pine, very nice.

T: A lot of bitterness. Like the bottle says, definitely a bite to this beer. The hop flavors from the nose are present but subdued. No alcohol presence.

M: Moderate-high carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

O: Definitely enjoyed, probably wouldn't go too far out of the way for it, but it is a solid IPA from a solid brewery.

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Photo of xungmound98
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle stamped within one month) Poured from bottle into tulip glass. 2” creamy head, semi-hazy bright orange in color, lively carbonation. Fresh, bright citrus and floral scent. Taste is hoppy citrus zest, some floral notes, subdued sugary malts. Well-balanced, finishes clean, medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and slight alcohol warmth at finish. Overall, a delicious fresh IPA that I'd definitely seek out again.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's kind of like Christmas when Maine Beer Co puts out a new beer - you don't quite know what's coming, but you know it will be good.

A modest pour yields an immense head - thick, rocky, and white, leaving loads of snowflakey lacing down the sides and lasting til the final sip. Pretty gorgeous. I'm getting a lot of orange creamsicle in the nose - plenty of citrus, but a nice touch of honey and cream malt profile. Extremely fresh hop taste here - again mostly citrus with a strong orange oil presence. Nice bitterness up front, but as hoppy as this is, it's actually quite balanced too. Nice deep malt here, a touch of caramel, smooth and sweet. Excellent body, slightly chewy and full. Really a lot of flavor here from all sides of the spectrum, but remaining somehow simple, straightforward, and refreshingly drinkable. Another awesome beer from the guys down the road.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jmu500 for this one!

looks like angel juice. caramel apple hue with tangerine highlignts. thick, billowy, pillowy, chunky, meringue-like head a few fingers high lasts longer than I thought possibe and leaves solid lacing. a touch more lace and this would be a 5.

pine, grapefruit, tangelo and starfruit. hints of tropical fruit hop aroma without being over-the-top pineapple and crap. This smells amazing. like perfumed hop elephants. sweet clover honey and a hint of malt hint at some balance. but damn... this smells amazing. I could inhale this all day.

pine hops up front, with apple, caramel, and toffee behind. rich malt backbone is stronger on my tongue. so is a bit of boozy heat? weird. only 7%? tastes a bit hotter. unless my mind has been blown by the hoppy aroma. more lush piney hops finish it out, leaving a pleasantly sweet bitter hop finish.

mouth is fluffy and almost billowy in my mouth. which sounds odd. but it works pretty damn well with the flavors. ample carbonation - almost a touch high - but somehow it works. a hint slick, but settled down by a lightly drying finish.

damn. This is definitely going to be a permanent ISO. I've had pliny more times than i can count, and I think this blows it out of the water. the only problem is that I don't have any more.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled 10/25/11

pours a dull coppery shade with some haze to it; fairly aggressive pour yields a healthy 1 and 1/2" head, frothy with strong retention and lots of lacing.

aromatic nose definitely packs a punch with strong notes of citric (notably grapefruit, a touch of lemon) and pine hops... some malt character evident in the background.

taste follows the aroma closely. citrus, pine, and a hint of a floral component... average bitterness... medium-bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall an excellent IPA, flavorful and very drinkable. for all its hype i'd put it behind a few beers that are far more readily available (ithaca flower power comes to mind) but i'd still put this up there in the A-/A range.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy light amber hue with a fluffy white head and brilliant lacing.
S: Fruits and malt dominate the nose. There are slight citrus notes shining through.
T: Lots of tropical fruit flavors, sticky and mildly sweet maltiness, very subtle citrus in the finish.
F: This beer is both refreshing and full. It has an amazing body thanks to the spot on hop/malt balance. It's just soft enough and has a very crisp carb.
O: This has continued to stand up as one of the best IPAs I've had. It's such a polished beer, and one that I will continue to seek out.

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Photo of BobZ
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with an amber haze, nice frothy head which builds to 1” to 1 ½” and recedes to a ¼”. Very nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Big floral hops, as expected citrus and pine.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit in all their hoppy glory. This is pine resin wrapped in bitter, bitter, grapefruit citrus. Fits the description of an IPA to a tee, actually more like a DIPA.

Mouth feel: Smooth with the hoppy bitter finish cleaning the palate with some bitter burn.

Overall: Very solid example of the style, not a style I love, but this beer certainly meets expectations.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Date: 5-13-14
Location: Foodtown Express Yonkers
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Yellow to light amber in color this beer pours with a gorgeous off white head. The beer is hazy but lets in a lot of light when held up. Light viscous ring.
Aroma: Mouthwatering fruit aromas from the hops start us off with scents of grapefruit, orange, mango. Lesser aromas of the malts which seem to help accentuate the hops and a light yeast aroma as well.
Taste: There is an absolute beauty to this fresh hop combo as sipping the beer quenches my thirst and makes my mouth water at the same time. The hops are bitter but balance a fine line avoiding being too much so. The malts absolutely help to balance the beer out giving the beer a subtle back bone. The yeast also plays it's hand adding buttery smooth aspect.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy in body with high carbonation. The hops give a beer a great bitterness. The hop acids dominate the palate leaving a nice spice sensation when the beer is finished.

Notes: Bottled 4-29-14 I also consumed this beer at Tap & Barrel on Long Island a week ago and again absolutely loved the beer.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

102511 dated bottle into a pint glass.

Golden amber with orange high lights and a small, foamy head rests on top. Tiny bubbles can be seen dancing to the top, and big time lacing as it is drank down. One of the best looking IPAs I have had in a while, the head is so dense and foamy it is unreal.

A dose of pine resin and tangerine zest hit your nose at first, with waves of graham cracker and fresh baked bread behind it.

Pine resin and tar on the tongue at first, then a hint at citrus and flowery notes. Much less fruity on the tongue, and a hint of ginger as well. The grain influence is minimal but can be best described as buttery Ritz crackers or fresh baked bread.

Medium bodied with a hint at carbonation, a tad sticky.

Good resin with a hint at citrus, nice subtle malt profile as well. Honestly, I expected a bit more but it was my own fault for that. A solid IPA, glad to try it.

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Photo of illpass78
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9-ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Great-looking beer. Dense, glowing orange color with a huge white head that sticks around forever. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: Lots of fruit flavors coming through on the nose, with an underlining pine accent. There's grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, lemon, and some pear. Also a nice toasty aroma in the background.

Taste: The taste follows the nose, with the fruity accents - grapefruit and pineapple seem to lead the way - the most present. Tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Slightly thick for an IPA.

Overall: I'd describe this beer as up to the hype. It's kind of a blow-the-budget treat, but it's worth it. One of the best IPAs from the East Coast, I'd say.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a great looking beer! Beautiful orange with amber to ruby hues, big towering and thick just off white head that stays atop the beer till nearly the end and deposits big sticky and chunky lacing. Aromas burst from the glass alive with grapefruit citrus like notes and slightly sweet tropical aromas. Initially your met with sweet malt flavor with a wave of hop flavor bringing big citrus and tropical favors. Malt sweetness hangs in just to right before the finish which brings on some teeth clenching bitterness and that amazingly bright hop flavor. Mouthfeel starts amazingly lively with the carbonation with a medium body. It bursts into a creamy feel then finishes completely dry and compliments that great hop flavor and bitterness bringing an amazing drink ability. This is a world class IPA that has it all figured out.

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Photo of ScottieD
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 2/19/13 poured into a Lagunitas Large Mouth glass

A: Hazy orange with excellent carbonation, good fluffy white head, and excellent lacing.

S: Big citrus notes with floral hop aroma.

T: Wonderful notes of grapefruit and tangerine combined with a nice hop balance finishing off with a good bitterness. This is not an unbelievably hoppy beer, but the hop is well balanced and finishes nice and bitter with the bitterness lingering. The citrus notes certainly dominate here with no real malt taste to be found. Deceivingly easy to drink.

M: Balanced. Feels medium bodied with excellent carbonation and a dry, bitter finish.

O: A winner for Maine Brewing. This is Plinyesque in its ease to drink. While not a hop bomb, it does a great job of balancing citrusy flavor, hop, and bitterness. I found it be extremely enjoyable and would recommend it unequivocally.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Lunch

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 95/100

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Photo of mr-jj
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. 10/9/14.

This is a really pretty beer. Clear and golden with a thick with head. The lacing persisted through the last sip.

Very fruity aroma. Lots of citrus with pineapple with hints of the toasty malt.

Flavor was tangerine and peaches.with a nice bitter lemony finish.

Feel was light to medium with a dry finish. Some nice hop oils, but not overdone.

Overall, an excellent IPA. I was drinking this side by side with Another One and although both are excellent, I preferred the additional complexity that was present in Another One. But you can't go wrong with either.

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Photo of Casey10
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA the appearance and smell are really nice a frothy head with a great smell of nice piney citrusy hops.

The taste is a bit subdued but again really nice.

The moughtfeel also has a bit of a citrus feel but again nice.

Overall a really a nice brew, at this point maybe the best IPA to come from ME so far.

Well worth trying and is really good.

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